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NOBODY’S HERO

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Alain Guiraudie | 2022 | 100 MINS
France | Subtitles
Alain Guiraudie’s latest feature centres on a weak-willed white man caught between being an ally and an oppressor to a homeless Muslim youth in his neighbourhood.

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As far-right sentiment surges in France - and lawmakers continue to concern themselves with hijab bans - the time is urgently right for artists to challenge the country’s enduring history of Islamophobia.  ‘Nobody’s Hero’ seems like a useful contribution in that regard.

Set amid the tense aftermath of a radical terrorist attack in the placid central French city of Clermont Ferrand, Guiraudie’s film wryly comments on a middle-class society that oscillates between liberal altruism and wary prejudice.

This setup is combined by a separate narrative detailing the same protagonist’s troubled romance with a married local sex worker: Both a bedroom farce, and vital political satire.

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